The years-long initiative to renovate and repurpose the defunct Bayview Correctional Facility in Chelsea may never be revived following an abrupt cancellation by the NoVo Foundation and Goren Group in 2019. Referred to as the Women’s Building, the structure at 550 West 20th Street would have repurposed and expanded the former all-female prison, renderings of which have been released by Spacesmith and Davis Brody Bond.
550 West 20th Street
Deborah Berke Partners has been selected, through a competition, to design the mixed-use conversion of the eight-story, 100,000-square-foot former Bayview Correctional Facility at 550 West 20th Street, on the corner of the West Side Highway in West Chelsea. The competition included over 43 entrants, Curbed NY reported. Last October, Empire State Development (ESD) awarded NoVo Foundation and the Goren Group a 99-year lease of the property, to transform it into community facility and commercial space. Dubbed the Women’s Building, it will house a women’s rights organization, community space, an art gallery, and a restaurant. A construction timeline has not been released. The facility was evacuated in preparation of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012. Inmates were never transported back to the location due to storm damage and budgetary constraints.
Back in February of 2014, a number of developers toured the former Bayview Correctional Facility, an eight-story, 100,000 square-foot complex, at 550 West 20th Street, in West Chelsea, after the city issued a request for proposals just months earlier. Now, Empire State Development has awarded NoVo Foundation a 99-year lease to redevelop the property, according to Commercial Observer. NoVo Foundations and the Goren Group plan to transform the building into the Women’s Building, which will house a women’s rights organization. The project will include community space, art installations, and a restaurant.